Stuart book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. In this extraordinary book, Alexander Masters has created a moving portrait. Stuart Shorter spent his late teens and adult life alternating between the streets and prison with occasional, mostly short lived, forays into accommodation. Book Title: Stuart: A Life Backwards The author of the book: Alexander Masters Language: English ISBN: No data. ISBN No data. Format files: PDF, Epub.
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Get news about Biography & Memoir books, authors, and more. Stuart’s determination to live a life grounded in some principle deserves our attention. [Masters’] sketch of Stuart is informative and heartbreaking, funny and at times brutally honest. describing a genuine. Opening of Stuart: A Life. Backwards. Alexander Masters. Stuart does not like the manuscript. Through the pale Tesco stripes of his supermarket bag I can see. Read, review and discuss the entire Stuart: A Life Backwards movie script by Alexander Masters on musicmarkup.info
Shelves: biography A beautiful dog, some kind of retriever probably, had a litter of puppies, every one of them a golden ball of pure joy, and this directly led to the deaths of three people in Oxford, that famous university town in England, some years ago. The people were homeless, and it's a known fact that homeless people love their dogs, because their dogs are their family. And plus, a dog will keep you warm at night. And especially they loved these little puppies and were thrilled when the owner of the puppie A beautiful dog, some kind of retriever probably, had a litter of puppies, every one of them a golden ball of pure joy, and this directly led to the deaths of three people in Oxford, that famous university town in England, some years ago. And especially they loved these little puppies and were thrilled when the owner of the puppies gave them all away. But it was a cold, cold winter that year, so cold that in the January even hardcore homeless people were needing a shelter, which usually they would avoid like the plague.
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All chaotic people have good and bad periods, but Stuart genuinely appears to have turned over a new leaf. He has separated himself from the street community, got himself on to the council housing list, started a methadone programme to get off heroin, renegotiated his court fines and begun paying fortnightly instalments, bought himself a discount computer.
None of this is normal.
Many of Stuart's old friends would rather die than take a shower and pay debts, and quite a few do: Rough sleepers have a life expectancy of forty-two years. They are thirty-five times more likely to commit suicide than the rest of the population.
In the great bureaucracy of the police and social support services, everyone is patting their backs at Stuart's extraordinary return from this medieval existence towards respectability and secretly waiting for him to grab the nearest meat hook and run amok.
Furthermore, not only has Stuart enough undestroyed brain cells left to describe what such life is like, but he can pinpoint, almost to the hour - between 4 and 5pm, one weekday in early summer, when he was twelve - the symbolic moment when he made the change from in his mother's words a "real happy-go-lucky little boy", always "the considerate, very considerate" one of her two children, into the nightmare Clockwork Orange figure of the last two decades.
If his own life were not still so disorderly, he could make good money explaining to parents what makes children turn into authority-despising delinquents. So here it is, my second attempt at the story of Stuart Shorter, thief, hostage taker, psycho and sociopath street raconteur, my spy on how the British chaotic underclass spend their troubled days at the beginning of the twenty-first century: I wish I could have done it more quickly.
I wish I could have presented it to Stuart before he stepped in front of the Stuart does not like the manuscript. I know you put a lot of work in. Put briefly, his objection is this: Their daughter has been killed in a car crash. Or both. Self-confidence is their main problem and, if the professionals can get hold of them in the first few months, they'll be back at work or at least in settled, long-term accommodation within a year or two. Right at the bottom of this abnormal heap are the people such as Stuart, the 'chaotic' homeless.
The chaotic 'kai-yo-ic', as Stuart calls them, drawing out the syllables around his tongue like chewing gum are beyond repair. When Stuart was first discovered, Kaspar Hauser-like, crouched on the lowest subterranean floor of a multi-storey car park, the regular homeless wanted nothing to do with him.
What unites the chaotic is the confusion of their days. Cause and effect are not connected in the usual way. Beyond their own governance, let alone within grasps of ours, they are constantly on the brink of raring up or breaking down.
Charity staff fuss especially hard over these people because they are the worst face of homelessness and, when not the most hateful, the most pitiable extremity of street life. Two years ago, Stuart was living out of skips. When the city outreach workers discovered him, he was a polydrug-addicted, alcoholic, 'Jekyll and Hyde' personality with delusional paranoia and a fondness for what he called 'little strips of silver' - knives to you and me.
He still is.